Salvazione

Client: The Italtile and Ceramic Foundation 
Construction Budget: USD241,466 
Area: 440m² 
Address: Mayfair West 
City: Johannesburg 
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Financed by the Italtile and Ceramic Foundation, this four-classroom primary school in Mayfair West serves students from the nearby Slovo Park informal settlement. The 4,800-square-foot structure is situated down the road from Salvazione’s main school, a church building that had housed pre-kindergarten through grade seven. The new development accommodates the younger grades, allowing more space […]

Limpopo Youth Hostel

Client: Pan Africa Today 
Construction Budget: USD860,000 
Area: 1350m² 
Address: Droogekloof, Limpopo 
City: Bela-Bela 
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This project was commissioned by a global Non-Profit Organization focussed on advocacy training for youth. The organization originally purchased a defunct wedding venue, which included chalets and a dining hall. The brief was to build two new hostel blocks housing 120 beds with communal spaces and to extend the old function hall to cater to […]

Protea Glen Secondary School

Client: Abacus Space Solutions 
Address: Protea Glen 
City: Johannesburg 
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PROTEA GLEN SECONDARY SCHOOL is one of the Alternative Building Technology (ABT) schools rolled out by the Department of Education and Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development in 2018. The school won the Mitek Industries LSFB (Light Steel Frame Building) category in 2019. We aimed to design the school in such a way as to make […]

GIBS Auditorium & Info Centre

Client: The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science 
Construction Budget: USD335000 
Address: Sandton 
City: Johannesburg 
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The Gordon Insititute of Business Science approached Local Studio in 2019 to make substantial alterations to their library and main auditorium. We had previously been appointed to relook at the university’s masterplan which was originally designed by Henri Comrie in the early 2000’s. Our design approach for the library was to open up a new […]

Wits Gateways

Client: University of the Witwatersrand 
Construction Budget: USD1,074,498 
Address: Braamfontein 
City: Johannesburg 
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The WITS Gateways project illustrates an agenda of Local Studio to promote the development of more pedestrian public space in downtown Johannesburg through the reimagining of pedestrian entrances into a university campus as ‘filling stations for pedestrians’.   Johannesburg scores significantly under on the UN Habitat recommended quota of 15m2 public open space per capita […]

Ikamva Youth Pods

Client: Ikamva Youth 
Appointment Date: 2016 
Construction Budget: USD17,916 per pod 
Address: Khayelitsha and Nyanga 
City: Cape Town 
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The Ikamva Youth Pods will be the first purpose-built spaces to support the very well run educational system in South Africa by Ikamva Youth, a public benefit organisation. The pods offer underprivileged youth space to do homework. The buildings replace the standard pre-fabricated classroom, but still offer the same convenience, being temporary, quick to build […]

ASE Maboneng

Client: African School for Excellence 
Construction Budget: USD82,500 
Area: 450m² 
Address: 5 Beacon Rd, New Doornfontein, 2094 
City: Johannesburg 
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This is the pilot school in the African School for Excellence’s (ASE) inner-city schools programme, which looks to place small-scale, low-fee private schools in over 100 locations in the Johannesburg CBD over the next ten years. Naturally, very few  commercial spaces in urban areas are entirely suitable for school purposes and the project is one […]

Trevor Huddleston Center

Client: Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre NGO 
Construction Budget: USD289,170 
Area: 450m² 
Address: 71 Toby Str. Sophiatown 2092 
City: Johannesburg 
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One of the few remaining structures from old Sophiatown, the AB Xuma House, is situated at the corner of Edward and Toby Streets. The house belonged to Dr Alfred Bitini Xuma, who was elected president of the African National Congress in 1940. In 2007, the City of Johannesburg acquired the Xuma House and signed an […]

ASE Tsakane

Client: African School for Excellence 
Construction Budget: USD1,033,000 
Area: 3000m² 
Address: Cnr. Puseletso & Tsakane Str. Tsakane 1548 
City: Ekurhuleni 
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The African School for Excellence (ASE) educational model was designed specifically to address the needs and challenges of African secondary school scholars that are eager to learn, but with barriers such as school funding and tuition costs keeping many of them from reaching their full potential. A construction firm had originally won the contract to […]

Outreach Foundation

Client: Outreach Foundation NGO 
Construction Budget: USD206,550 
Area: 300m² 
Address: 16 Kapteijn Str. Hillbrow 2038 
City: Johannesburg 
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The Lutheran Church Outreach Foundation Community Centre is one of the first new social infrastructure projects to be built in Hillbrow since the 1970s. The project is situated within the broader Hillbrow Lutheran Church/Friedenskirche precinct, a site given to the Lutheran church by Paul Kruger at the turn of the century. The actual building site […]